Industrial production managers typically oversee operations within a plant or factory to ensure that the output is of sufficient quality. They also evaluate current production equipment and procedures to determine what must be modified to enhance production. They often lead training of new employees as well as current employees in order to bridge information gaps and encourage ongoing improvement.
Industrial production managers also oversee the facility to ensure that employees are working safely and efficiently. When problems arise in the machinery, the manager may need to troubleshoot and make repairs, so expertise in mechanical repair and maintenance is highly beneficial for this position. These managers may also occasionally step in and offer firsthand assistance where it is needed. Strong teamwork, communication, and leadership skills are important, as they often lead large teams of employees, and they must ensure that that the conditions of the workplace adhere to all company policies and applicable laws. They may also have inventory duties to ensure that all necessary items are in stock.
A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, management, industrial technology, or a related field is generally required for this position; because this is a management position, many years of experience in a production environment may also be required.
Industrial Production Manager Tasks
Supervise workers, assign tasks, and evaluate the performance of employees.
Oversee a section of the production cycle, and ensure products meet quality standards and expenses remain within budget.
Work with company managers to establish and implement company policies and procedures.
Coordinate workers and equipment to maximize efficiency and reach production targets.
Communicate with logistics and sales managers to receive orders and manage inventory.